I’m happy to be part of the Poughkeepsie Blog Tour. I’ve heard amazing things about this novel by Debra Anastasia, and I can’t wait to read it.
This is a story about homeless man and the young woman he meets at the train station. Her smiles sustain him though she has no idea of her impact on him.
I actually worked at a homeless center during my graduate training in counseling psychology, and I’d like to share that experience for the Poughkeepsie blog tour. At the homeless center, I did counseling, psychological testing, and led an anger-management therapy group.
One thing that struck me was the similarity between myself and individuals living at the center. Warmth, intelligence, and talent abounded in homeless people. One man was a gifted musician and another woman had gone to extreme efforts to protect her children from her abusive husband. But one big difference between us was their lack of safety nets. When times got hard for them, they didn’t have friends or family to bail them out due to poverty, substance dependence, mental illness. I know that if I lost everything, my family and friends would have my back. Homeless people don’t have that luxury.
My internship director taught us that when we encounter homeless individuals on the street, it’s up to us whether or not to give money. But one thing we should do is show respect by looking them in the eye. I know my brother-in-law will often buy food from a convenience store and hand it to a homeless person in Chicago, and I try to keep an energy bar in my purse or car to share with those in need.
The homeless center where I worked was famous for helping its residents work toward owning their own home. It was so inspiring to witness such rebuilding and redemption.
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Today is day three of my own blog tour for The Conduct Series, romantic suspense with a psychological twist. There are two stops today:
Bookworm Lisa has an excerpt of Bad Behavior and a giveaway HERE.
A Girl and Her Diary has an excerpt of With Good Behavior and a giveaway HERE.
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